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Goodbye, MSU | Adam Steinhauer
Goodbye, MSU | Adam Steinhauer
Adam Steinhauer, Marketing Director • May 10, 2024
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Goodbye, MSU | Adam Steinhauer
Goodbye, MSU | Adam Steinhauer
Adam Steinhauer, Marketing Director • May 10, 2024
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Eagle Spirit dancer Migizii Kwe dances with the audience at this years East Lansing Art Festival. Photo credit: Samantha Ku/WDBM
2024 East Lansing Art Festival Q&A
Samantha Ku, Writer/Volunteer • May 18, 2024

Heather Majano is the Art Festival & Arts Initiative Coordinator under the East Lansing Parks, Recreation & Arts department, she...

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Goodbye, MSU | Adam Steinhauer
Goodbye, MSU | Adam Steinhauer
Adam Steinhauer, Marketing Director • May 10, 2024
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Eagle Spirit dancer Migizii Kwe dances with the audience at this years East Lansing Art Festival. Photo credit: Samantha Ku/WDBM
2024 East Lansing Art Festival Q&A
Samantha Ku, Writer/Volunteer • May 18, 2024

Heather Majano is the Art Festival & Arts Initiative Coordinator under the East Lansing Parks, Recreation & Arts department, she...

Dunbar Takes the Wheel… From the Backseat | “Backseat Girl” by Isaac Dunbar

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Isaac Dunbar is a Massachussets-native singer and songwriter who began producing music at a young age, drawing inspiration from a variety of artists such as Lady Gaga and David Bowie. His rise in the music industry has been largely driven by his online presence and strong fan base, as well as critical acclaim from those who appreciate his unique stylistic approach. Since his first release in 2018, Dunbar has traversed from classic pop to a more authentic and introspective style of alternative pop, showcasing a unique blend of personal storytelling and innovative soundscapes. 

Dunbar’s new single, “Backseat Girl,” is a vibrant, theatrical lament of what it feels like to be the second best. The lyrics explore the emotions of feeling overlooked, expressing frustration with not being valued and feeling like efforts to connect are often in vain. The song highlights a desire for independence and self-validation with the repeated phrase, “You can’t be right all the time,” emphasizing the need for autonomy and acceptance. 

“I’m just your backseat girl / 

If only I could rule your world / 

Every kiss, every ride, why do I even try?”

Throughout the song, there’s a theme of questioning and self-reflection, wondering why he continues to return to a relationship that brings him so much dissatisfaction. The chorus alludes to cycles of disappointment and change, echoing a struggle to break free from unhealthy patterns and seek fulfillment. Overall, the song captures the universal desire for recognition and understanding. These compelling themes in tandem with the lush guitars and intricate harmonies evoke a sense of nostalgia, making the song all the more intriguing. Backseat Girl is the second single on Dunbar’s upcoming EP “Beep Beep Repeat,” which is set to release on April 26, 2024. 

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